Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Retention of 9% VAT Rate: Discussion with Restaurants Association of Ireland

3:55 pm

Photo of Damien EnglishDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

The process is that we will have a follow-up in private session next week to decide what we will do. It is clear that members are very much behind the campaign. The association has run a very good campaign in the past couple of months which is reflected in the views expressed here. We will send a copy of today's presentation to the relevant Ministers in order that they can see the questions and answers on the presentation. We will probably decide next week to do something formally ourselves but we will keep the witnesses posted on what we are doing. It is clear they have got cross-party support on the issue. The Minister spoke about this yesterday and nothing is definite. The campaign will have to continue. He made it clear that the Department of Finance had factored in this figure. There is a battle on. The message is getting out but we must keep the pressure on. I again thank the witnesses. We will be in touch with them in the next couple of weeks.


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